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Revlon Hears Pitches; Puts $100 Mil. Media Biz in Play

NEW YORK—Revlon last week heard final presentations for its creative account from Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners in New York on Wednesday, and Deutsch in New York and McKinney & Silver in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, sources said. A decision is expected this week. The New York-based client is also talking to media agencies about handling its $100 million-plus U.S. broadcast-media account now at KSL Media in New York, sources said. Revlon has handled print media in-house, but it was unclear if that would also move, sources said. Agency and client reps declined comment.

Leo Burnett President Exits

CHICAGO—Leo Burnett USA president and chief marketing officer Mary Bishop is leaving the shop, sources said. Agency insiders said Bishop’s departure was voluntary, saying she had approached Burnett and parent company Bcom3 Group management several months ago about her desire to retire. An announcement of that decision was delayed, however, to distance it from the shop’s recent layoff of 200 staffers, sources said. Burnett officials declined comment. Bishop did not return phone calls.

BSkyB Reviews £35 Mil. Duties

LONDON—Two shops remain in contention for British Sky Broadcasting’s £35 million account: Bates UK and WCRS, both in London. Sources said a decision is expected this week. The London-based client is a satellite-service company that owns TV stations. Bates UK is part of Cordiant Communications Group; WCRS is part of Havas. The incumbent is St. Luke’s in London.

Fallon Still Negotiating for Gateway’s $250 Mil. Work

CHICAGO—Fallon continues to talk with computer company Gateway about handling the agency’s $250 million account, sources said. Executives from the two companies held several meetings last week, and sources said the agency’s New York and Minneapolis offices could be awarded creative duties on the account this week.

Shatner Returns in Priceline Radio Spots

NEW YORK—William Shatner this week returns in radio spots for Priceline.com, sans the off-key singing he unleashed in the client’s TV ads last year. Six spots with Shatner were crafted by the New York office of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos. In one ad, Shatner positions Priceline as a way to get low-price plane tickets to beat the winter-weather blahs. Shatner was absent from the most recent “Let’s Jet Set” TV spots that broke in January.

Account Activity

JetBlue Airways, which tapped Arnold in June for its $10-15 million account, has been talking to shops in New York about its ad business. JetBlue vp of marketing Amy Curtis denied a review is under way. Agency officials said the relationship with JetBlue is strong. … Olympus has launched a review of business handled by two shops: Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, New York, and X.Com, Santa Ana, Calif. Billings are estimated at $15 million. Kirshenbaum, which had consumer-photo products, is not defending. It’s unclear if X.Com, which handles digital-imaging systems, will participate. Richard Roth Associates, Chappaqua, N.Y., is managing the review, sources said.